I have been involved in self defence, martial arts and security for over a decade, and have trained with Dr Schneider as often as possible. He is a true expert in the fields of self-protection, situational awareness and risk management, and has both vast experience and prolific academic research to support his understanding. There are many books written on this subject. This book is unique in that it an easy-to-read 'how to' guide. It provides relevant, useful and interesting insights into the topics of situational awareness, risk management and self protection. Despite being written by an experienced academic, it is easy to read and understand. This is not a book filled with illustrations of martial arts moves that will take years to perfect (of which there are many). Instead it provides a framework to approaching risk that is easily applied regardless of experience, age, size, location, etc. Most importantly, the tips and advice given in this book are easy to implement and could save your life or the life of a loved one.
If you are interested in how to better protect yourself and your family, then this is a must read!
I bought this book after a friend from kickboxing recommended a podcast by Gav Schneider. I knew as soon as I started listening to the podcast that this guy knows his stuff. He’s clear, a good communicator and a good writer. His approach is all encompassing and that makes the book very approachable. You don’t need to be a martial artist to understand the principles he describes and the practices anyone can incorporate into their everyday lives. I should point out that after paying $15 for an ebook, I had high expectations of this book. Well worth it.
Too often self-defence (especially women's self-defence) focuses on 'random attacker' situations in the street or attacks that 'came out of nowhere' and couldn't be prevented or avoided. And worse, the lessons we take from these seem to reduce our freedom to exist in the world (e.g. don't run after dark, don't go anywhere by yourself after dark, don't go near 'scary' people). The reality of violence is that situational awareness and recognising the signs goes a long way in personal risk management, and the majority of attacks against women are committed by someone you know, not a random stranger.
Can I See Your Hands is one of the most valuable books I have ever read in challenging the realities of violence, and in truly understanding proactive personal risk management. In the course of reading the book I found myself evaluating how I would respond in different situations, and thinking of ways to identify, mitigate, and avoid more realistic risks to my personal safety.
I read and re-read 'Can I See Your Hands'. I recommend it to everyone, from Security professionals to friends travelling overseas and everyone in between. In the modern day, you can't afford not to read this book and plan and prepare for any type of incident which can befall us.